Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Summer AP Workshops

Jill Crooker will be facilitating the following AP workshops this summer.
 
Taft School, Watertown, CT
July 11-15, 2016
C Week:  AP LATIN: What does the Aeneid have to do with Bellum Gallicum?
 
Taft School, Watertown, CT
July 25-29, 2016
E Week:  AP LATIN: CAESAR and Multiple Choice
 
St Joseph College, Standish, Maine
July 18-22, 2016
 
Scroll down for more information on each workshop.

Taft School, Watertown, CT
C Week:  AP LATIN: What does the Aeneid have to do with Bellum Gallicum?
Dates: July 11-15, 2016
 
This workshop will look at the syllabus readings of both Vergil and Caesar and learn that the two have more in common than one might assume.  We will go beyond the 7 themes in the Framework and practice new thinking to arrive at things like parent/child and storms.  Teachers will annotate and call up passages not yet read (or recall past passages) in order to pique student curiosity and suggest certain themes AND allow students to work with some passages more than once during the year.  These themes not only enhance ability to prepare students to write effective essays, they infuse the classroom with discussion that will make each day more than translation and trudging through text. 
 
Teachers new to AP as well as experienced teachers will have ample opportunity to look at the syllabus and learn/discuss how to structure an effective classroom.  We will work our way through the methods for literal translation and its scoring, writing essay questions and seeing them as class discussion in written form, and writing short answer questions to use each week.  We will look at the 2016 exam and score some student answers from the exam.
 
Bring the text that you plan to use and a laptop computer.
 
For additional information contact Jill Crooker, jmcrooker@aol.com
 
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Taft School, Watertown, CT
E Week:  AP LATIN: CAESAR and Multiple Choice
Dates:  July 25-29, 2016
 
Caesar’s Bellum Gallicum, Books 1, 4, 5, and 6 (syllabus readings) will serve as the material for the development of multiple-choice questions.  We will learn to write questions targeting the learning objectives in the Curriculum Framework, by following the specific format of the exam.  In addition to Caesar, the Framework suggests that reading at sight should be integrated into instruction. We will select from these suggested sight authors:  for prose Nepos, Cicero, Livy and for poetry Ovid, Tibullus Catullus and prepare questions.  
 
The goal of the workshop is to demystify multiple choice and Section 1 of the AP Exam, look at the SAT Latin Exam format and its types of multiple-choice questions, and help each teacher leave the workshop with 1) a final project lesson (literal translation and scoring grid, an essay question, and/or a short answer question and 2) multiple choice passages to use throughout the coming year.  We will go over the 2016 exam and practice scoring.
 
A special feature of this workshop will include work with Lynne West (21st Century Technology in the Latin Curriculum) for technology integration of web-based tools like Prezi, Animote, Canva, Ted Ed, the Google suite, Kahoot, ThingLink among others. 
 
Bring any texts you may have and a laptop computer.
 
For additional information, contact Jill Crooker, jmcrooker@aol.com
 
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St Joseph College, Standish, Maine
July 18-22, 2016
 
Teaching the Aeneid with an eye toward Caesar: The intent of this week-long workshop is to lead teachers through all of Vergil's Aeneid in the AP Latin syllabus. Attention will be given to teaching strategies for writing analytical essays that integrate the Vergil text with the de Bello Gallico in the syllabus. In this regard we will develop a list of as many themes as possible for the two authors as well as suggestions about integrating essential questions into classroom instruction. We will score student essay questions from 2013-2016. Although the focus is upon essays, we will develop some short answer questions and look at steps to improve literal translation as well. This is the workshop from which teachers will leave with classroom ready materials. Bring your texts and a laptop computer or a flash drive. For any and all questions or more information contact jmcrooker@aol.com.
Initial topics for discussion:
                                    How to integrate visuals and online resources
                                    Themes and Essential Questions
                                    Literal Translation: how literal is literal?
 
 
About the Instructor:
Jill Crooker taught Latin, all levels including AP Vergil and AP Latin Literature, for more than 25 years at Pittsford Mendon High School, N.Y. She has served as Reader, Table Leader, and presently Question Leader for samples for more than 15 years. She served as College Board Advisor to the Test Development Committee for eight years. She has conducted numerous AP summer institute sessions and has led professional development workshops in Maine and New York, as well as at The American Classical League Institutes and ACTFL for many years. She has written extensively about assessment for all levels of Latin.